Since its release early last month, Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Siege has developed a steady online player base, and now the title will jump head-first to the competitive shooter space with its first official, dedicated eSports league.
Ubisoft has officially announced in a press release the formation of the Rainbow Six Pro League, a dedicated eSports league for Rainbow Six: Siege that comes from a collaboration between the publisher, Xbox, and ESL (the Electronic Sports League).
Rainbow Six: Siege creative director Xavier Marquis explained in a statement that the Rainbow Six Pro League “was built from the ground up with competition in mind,” adding that Ubisoft and ESL aim “to deliver a league for Rainbow Six: Siege fans to compete and enjoy the game they love.”
Competition in the Rainbow Six Pro League will begin at the Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland in March to kick off “Season One” of the league. Teams will compete in eight matches in the PC version of the title for the European league, while tournaments in North America will begin “in the weeks after,” competing on the Xbox One version.
The prize pool will total $100,000, with the top two teams to compete at the end of the season in a live event and the winner to be awarded a $50,000 grand prize.
Rainbow Six: Siege is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.